Facilities for Engineering Students

As a student in the College of Engineering you have access to labs and facilities available only to engineering students that have unique services and equipment. Here are just a few:

Kunkle Activities Center

Located at the junction of Hammond and Sackett Buildings on the University Park campus, Kunkle Activities Center (also known as Kunkle Lounge or just Kunkle) is designed for studying, group work, presentations, and events. Spanning three levels, Kunkle has lots of tables for group meetings or individual study plus a copy machine (ID card required for use).

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (open to all)
  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 PM to 11 PM (open to engineering students only; must have valid student ID to enter)

Please note: Kunkle may be closed to the public during special events. Any closures will be posted.

Event Reservations

Kunkle may be reserved only for College of Engineering events. Please call 814-863-1033 to request the reservation form. All completed requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the date requested. Reservations will be accepted only up to three months in advance.

Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship is a walk-in facility for undergraduate engineering students that features flexible meeting spaces, wireless classrooms, design studios, a fabrication and assembly shop, and a testing laboratory. More information »

The Learning Factory

The Learning Factory is a hands-on facility for engineering students to use in conjunction with capstone design and other courses, as well as research projects and student organizations. The Learning Factory provides modern design, prototyping, and manufacturing facilities, including machining (CNC and manual), 3D printing, welding, metrology, and CAD/CAM. Training classes are offered in shop safety, machining, and welding. After successful completion of the safety training, any engineering student can use the Learning Factory on a walk-in basis for a Penn State-related activity. More information »

Engineering Library

Information on all areas of engineering and technology can be found in the Engineering Library located in 325 Hammond Building. A large reference collection of handbooks, directories, and catalogs is available, as are numerous abstracts and indexes that provide access to the engineering literature. Engineering databases are available on the LIAS E-Resources List, on compact disks, and through online search systems. More information »